FORUM : What does "Globalization" mean for the Middle East?

Sponsored by the D.C. Coalition to Stop the U.S. War against Iraq,

Tuesday, July 25, 2000, 7:00 p.m.
Luther Place Mem'l. Church, Parish Hall
1226 Vermont Ave., N.W., D.C. (Thomas Circle)
(entrance on Vermont Ave. at 14th and N Sts.; 5-block walk from either
Dupont Circle or McPherson Sq. Metro Stations)

Film Showing:  1999 prize-winning John Pilger documentary, "Paying the Price:  Killing the Children of Iraq" on the sanctions campaign against Iraq

Update:  Raed Battah, National Mobilization to End the Sanctions Against Iraq, on the U.S./U.N. War against Iraq and the upcoming August 6 National Demonstration


Hussein Ibish, Director of Communications, Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee
Stephanie Reich, Middle East Researcher; Coordinator, D.C. Coalition to Stop the War against Iraq

Middle Eastern Food courtesy of Mediterranean Bakery in Alexandria, VA /Child Care Available

What is Globalization?  What are its Features in the Middle East?
What is its Impact on Middle Eastern People and Arab-Americans?  How do they resist?
Why is Control of the Middle East Vital to Globalization?
How is the Middle East Significant to Movements for Social Change around the World?
Why are Many Progressives Reluctant to Address Globalization in the Middle East?
Do We Contribute to Anti-Semitism and/or to Terrorism When We Raise the U.S. and Israeli Role in Globalization?
Is Israel's Role Independent of the U.S.?
How Can We Best Challenge Globalization in the Middle East?

In the last year the world watched in either alarm or elation as people in the tens of thousands demonstrated for the first time against the policies of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.  Protestors in Seattle and Washington, D.C. sought to expose the role of these international lending institutions in impoverishing the majority of countries of the world.  Countries held hostage to the policies of the IMF and WB develop their resources not to meet the basic needs of their citizens but to serve the financial interests of advanced industrialized nations.
    Despite recent victories in introducing the public to the general issues of globalization, many of those who  work to raise consciousness about the sources of global poverty are either unwilling or reluctant to analyze the impact of globalization in the Middle East in its totality.
    Globalization in that region entails ongoing human rights atrocities on a scale matching some of the worst the world has ever seen–for example, the repression of an indigenous people, the Palestinians, by the state of Israel and the genocidal sanctions campaign of the U.S./U.N. against Iraq that has claimed over a million lives, mostly those of children. That the Middle
East is objectively treated as an exception and the U.S./Israeli role in the region is not fully challenged by those seeking social change is all the more disturbing, since the global powers cannot pursue globalization anywhere without the indispensable resource of oil and without control of a region that links three continents.

All Out August 6, National Mobilization to End the Sanctions Against Iraq /1:00 p.m., Assembly & Vigil, Lincoln Mem'l; 1:30 p.m., March; 2:15 p.m, Rally, White House; 202-543-1062 for details

Stop the U.S. Sanctions and Bombing of Iraq!

Forum sponsored by the D.C. Coalition to Stop the  U.S. War against Iraq,